There’s no doubt that young Latinos are #FeelingTheBern. Just look at wearemitu’s commenters on political posts, or even the latest Univision/Washington Post poll which found that Latino millennials prefer the Vermont Senator over Hillary Clinton. But are young Latinos actually voting for him? All signs point to probably not.
Here’s the cold, hard truth: If you’re Latino between the ages of 18-34, chances are you’re not going to vote. Both millennials AND Latinos are two demographics that have historically not shown up at the polls…and still don’t. Millennial turnout for the 2012 presidential election was less than half of what it was in 1964 and, despite that there will be 27.3 million eligible Latino voters in 2016, the NALEO Education Fund predicts that only 13.1 of them will actually vote. That’s a lot of young Latinos not voting. The proof is in the caucus.
Who really won Nevada Latinos?
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Sanders barely lost Nevada to Hillary Clinton (47.6% to her 52.3%), but the silver lining for the Vermont Senator was that he won among Latino voters…except that he didn’t. Bernie’s camp made that claim based on entrance polls, which found that he had beaten Hillary by 8 points. That poll doesn’t compute with the fact that Hillary won in counties with heavy Latino populations.
Bernie couldn’t mess with Texas.
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The Lone Star State has the second-biggest population of Latinos in the United States, and one out of every three Tejano is between the ages of 18-29. Seems like these are good numbers for Bernie, right? Nope. Hillary trounced Bernie, winning 70 percent of the Latino vote.
Colorado felt the Bern.
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Unlike Nevada and Texas, Colorado Latinos favored Bernie Sanders. According to the New York Times, the Vermont Senator won big in Denver, Adams and Weld Counties, all which have heavier Latino populations. In contrast, Hillary Clinton did better in counties with fewer Hispanics.
Over the last few years, comedian Louis CK has used an email newsletter to connect with fans, sending messages about new projects and how fans can support those projects. In a recent newsletter, Louis CK, who is currently promoting his web series “Horace and Pete,” took time out to ask his fans not to vote for Donald Trump.
The Mexican comedian – yes, he’s Mexican – thanked fans for supporting “Horace and Pete” despite there being no promotion or advertising for the show. Then he included one more message: Don’t vote for Trump.
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“P.S. Please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s. Do you think they saw the shit coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.”
He expressed his frustration with the “you vs. me” mentality of partisan politics.
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“When I was growing up and when I was a younger man, liberals and conservatives were friends with differences. They weren’t enemies. And it always made sense that everyone gets a president they like for a while and then hates the president for a while. But it only works if the conservatives put up a good candidate. A good smart conservative to face the liberal candidate so they can have a good argument and the country can decide which way to go this time. Trump is not that. He’s an insane bigot. He is dangerous.”
He empathized with everyone’s frustration with politics, but reminded fans that Trump is dangerous.
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“I get that all these people sound like bullshit soft criminal opportunists. The whole game feels rigged and it’s not going anywhere but down anymore. I feel that way sometimes.
And that voting for Trump is a way of saying ‘fuck it. Fuck them all.’ I really get it. It’s a version of national Suicide. Or it’s like a big hit off of a crack pipe. Somehow we can’t help it. Or we know that if we vote for Trump our phones will be a reliable source of dopamine for the next four years. I mean I can’t wait to read about Trump every day. It’s a rush. But you have to know this is not healthy. If you are a true conservative. Don’t vote for Trump. He is not one of you. He is one of him.”
And he asked Trump voters to educate themselves on the issues.
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“In fact, if you do vote for Trump, at least look at him very carefully first. You owe that to the rest of us. Know and understand who he is. Spend one hour on google and just read it all. I don’t mean listen to me or listen to liberals who put him down. Listen to your own people.”
He reiterated that people should vote with their brain, not their gut.
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“A vote for Trump is so clearly a gut-vote, and again I get it. But add a little brain to it and look the guy up. Because if you vote for him because of how you feel right now, the minute he’s president, you’re going to regret it. You’re going to regret it even more when he gives the job to his son.”
And he reminded everyone that Hitler rose to power in a similar manner.
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“That’s how Hitler got there. He was voted into power by a fatigued nation and when he got inside, he did all his Hitler things and no one could stop him.”
CK said he understood he’s just another “celebrity with an opinion,” but asked fans to remember that Trump is running for selfish reasons.
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“I know I’m not qualified or particularly educated and I’m not right instead of you. I’m an idiot and I’m sure a bunch of you are very annoyed by this. Fucking celebrity with an opinion. I swear this isn’t really a political opinion. You don’t want to know my political opinions. (And I know that I’m only bringing myself trouble with this shit.) Trump has nothing to do with politics or ideology. He has to do with himself.”
Louis CK ended the email by asking fans to remember that Trump isn’t some larger-than-life character who exists to entertain:
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“He’s not a monster. He’s a sad man. But all this makes him horribly dangerous if he becomes president. Give him another TV show. Let him pay to put his name on buildings. But please stop voting for him. And please watch Horace and Pete.”